Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) issued the following statement regarding the Maloney Amendment to the FY17 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act (H.R. 4974):
“What happened today in the House is a disgrace! 35 Republicans voted with Democrats to support the rights of the LGBT community. Then, from the dark corners of the room Speaker Ryan cajoled and harassed them until several secretly switched their votes to oppose equal rights. These actions bring shame on the institution and on our democracy.”
The Maloney Amendment would have protected employees of federal contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.